Excitement builds for the Chisholm Trail as the Abbey-Chesterton bridge takes shape

This article was published in 2020, in Magazine 147.

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The lorries which held each section of the Abbey-Chesterton bridge may have been supporting only around 40 tonnes at a time but carried a huge weight of expectation in the local community. Support is high for the Chisholm Trail, a walking and cycling route first proposed by Camcycle member Jim Chisholm in 1998. Construction of phase one, linking the city’s two railway stations, has continued throughout the lockdown period following government guidance on safe working. The first section of the bridge arrived on 4 May and was lowered into place on a row of steel supports, with parts two and three joining it the following day. By the end of May, the side panels had been added. Following advice from Camcycle, these curve outwards to provide more space for users of the bridge. The entire section will be lifted into place over the river in the late summer, using the UK’s largest mobile crane.